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Cancer Biology (CBIO) Current Students

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Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of the Cancer Biology program: Rebecca Moeller, Shivani Sheth and Fatima Alfaran!

Cancer Biology Class of 2020 - Rebecca Moeller, Shivani Sheth and Fatima Alfaran


Rebecca Moeller

Rebecca Moeller successfully defended her MS thesis, "Exploring CDK5 as a novel therapeutic target in glioblastoma" on June 15, 2020. Rebecca conducted her research in the laboratory of Dr. Mauricio Reginato.

Current position: Associate Scientist II, Cancer Immunotherapy Group, Vor Biopharma, Boston Massachusetts


Shivani Sheth

Shivani Sheth successfully defended her MS thesis, "Roles of Timeless in Fanconi Anemia-mediated repair pathway and cancer growth in Esophageal cancer cells" on June 29, 2020. Shivani conducted her research in the laboratory of Dr. Eishi Noguchi.

Current position: Research Specialist at PerkinElmer, Inc.


Fatimah Alfaran

Fatimah Alfaran successfully defended her MS thesis, "The effects of copper modulation on CK2 kinase activity" on July 14, 2020. Fatimah conducted her research in the laboratory of Dr. Todd Strochlic.

Current position: Lecturer, Mohammed Al-Mana College for Medical Science


Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of Cancer Biology program: Alison Goupil, Jing Ju, Jacob Parfianowicz and Yesim Mercan!
Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of Cancer Biology program!


Waleed Iqbal

Waleed Iqbal received the 2019 Award for Excellence in Research (MS degree) for his thesis studies, "Utilizing large genomic datasets to evaluate novel, rare variants in ribonucleoside-diphosphate reductase subunit M2 B." Waleed performed this work in the laboratory of Drs. Erica Golemis and Sanjeevani Arora (Fox Chase Cancer Center).

Waleed is a co-author of a recent publication, "Interaction of germline variants in a family with a history of early-onset clear cell renal cell carcinoma," in the March 2019 edition of the journal Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine.


The following speech was given by Carlie at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Pre-Commencement Award/Hood Presentation Ceremony on May 16, 2018.
"Graduation marks another milestone in our lives. In this room, there are students from various programs within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, and our experiences as Drexel Dragons may be very different. However, as we look back at what we've accomplished these past couple of years and our contributions to the Drexel community, we're all probably anxious and excited about what lies ahead, whether it be pursuing a higher degree or going out into the "real world" as a working professional." Read Carlie's Speech

Drexel Cancer Biology program graduate Carlie Mendoza

Congratulations to the 2018 graduates of Cancer Biology program: Carlie Mendoza, Rusia Lee, Mohamed Abdelbaset and Kiana Shahidi!
Congratulations to the 2018 graduates of Cancer Biology program!


Congratulations to the 2017 graduates of Cancer Biology program, Erica Dalla, Amber Theriault, Dimpi Mukhopadhyay and Kristen Maslar!
Congratulations to the 2017 graduates of Cancer Biology program, Erica Dalla, Amber Theriault, Dimpi Mukhopadhyay and Kristen Maslar!


Safoora Deihimi

Safoora Deihimi is the first author on a recent publication entitled "BRCA2, EGFR, and NTRK mutations in mismatch repair-deficient colorectal cancers with MSH2 or MSH1 mutations" in the Advanced Publications 2017 edition of the journal Oncotarget. Safoora performed her MS thesis research in lab of Dr. Wafik El-Deiry.


Carlie Mendoza

Carlie Mendoza was awarded an International Experience Award ($1500) from the Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad at Drexel University to travel and conduct research at University of Cambridge for summer of 2017. Carlie will be working on oncogenic rewiring of signaling networks in the lab of Dr. Alessandro Esposito.


MS in Cancer Biology 2016 Graduates

Congratulations to the 2016 graduates of the Cancer Biology program, Safoora Deihimi, Yayi Feng, Sam Flashner, Meghan Kopp and Dustin Rollins.
MS in Cancer Biology 2016 graduates Meghan Kopp, Yayi Feng, Safoora Deihimi, Dustin Rollins and Sam Flashner attended Commencement ceremonies for Drexel University College of Medicine at the Kimmel Center.


Tong Lu

Tong Lu successfully defended his MS thesis, "Understanding O-GlcNAc transferase regulation of SIRT1 in breast cancer cells" on April 29, 2016. Tong is a second author on a recent publication entitled "O-GlcNAcylation regulates breast cancer metastasis via SIRT1 modulation of FOXM1 pathway" in upcoming issue of the journal Oncogene. Tong conducted his research in the laboratory of Dr. Mauricio Reginato.


Meghan Kopp is a co-author on a recent publication entitled "Opposing effects of inhibitors of Aurora-A and EGFR in autosomal-dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease" in the October 2015 edition of the journal Frontiers in Oncology. Meghan is doing MS thesis research in lab of Dr. Erica Golemis.


Kritika Hanamshet is a co-author on a recent publication entitled "Targeting BRCA1- and BRCA2-deficient cells with RAD52 small molecule inhibitors" in the February 2016 edition of Nucleic Acids Research. Kritika is completing her MS degree in lab of Dr. Alex Mazin.


Samuel Flashner

Samuel Flashner successfully defended his MS thesis "Sp1 nontranscriptionally regulates centrosome number" on March 28th, 2016. Samuel conducted his study in the laboratory of Dr. Jane Clifford (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology). Samuel has been accepted into the Molecular & Cell Biology and Genetics PhD program at Drexel University College of Medicine and will begin his PhD thesis work this summer.


First-Year Students

Drexel Cancer Biology program student Samuel Evans

Samuel Evans

BS, Albany College of Pharmacy


Drexel Cancer Biology program student Dalal Hassan

Dalal Hassan, MD

MD, Kuwait University


Drexel Cancer Biology program student Pritika Shahani

Pritika Shahani

BS, Arizona State University


Drexel Cancer Biology program student Aaron Slifer

Aaron Slifer

BS, Mount Saint Mary's University


Second-Year Students

Drexel Cancer Biology program student Melissa Sutton-Navaro

Melissa Sutton-Navaro

BS, Portland State University
Non-thesis


Drexel Cancer Biology program student Marwa Al-Aloosi

Marwa Al-Aloosi, MD

MD, University of Baghdad, AMIDEAST Fulbright Grant Recipient
Non-thesis


Drexel Cancer Biology program student Aditi Shimpi

Aditi Shimpi

BS, University of Mumbai
Thesis lab: Michael Bouchard, PhD


Alumni: Class of 2020

Fatimah Alfaran

Fatimah Alfaran

BS, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences University
Thesis title: The effects of copper modulation on CK2 kinase activity
Thesis lab: Todd Strochlic, VMD, PhD
Current position: Lecturer, Mohammed Al-Mana College for Medical Science


Rebecca Moeller

Rebecca Moeller

BS, University of Delaware
Thesis title: Exploring CDK5 as a novel therapeutic target in glioblastoma
Thesis lab: Mauricio J. Reginato, PhD
Current position: Associate Scientist II, Cancer Immunotherapy Group, Vor Biopharma, Boston Mass.


Shivani Sheth

Shivani Sheth

BS, St. Xavier's College, India
Thesis title: Roles of Timeless in Fanconi Anemia-mediated repair pathway and cancer growth in Esophageal cancer cells
Thesis lab: Eishi Noguchi, PhD
Current position: Research Specialist at PerkinElmer, Inc.


Alumni: Class of 2019

Alison Goupil

Alison Goupil

BS, University of New Hampshire
Thesis title: Copper Mediated Regulation of CK2 Kinase Activity
Thesis lab: Todd Strochlic, VMD, PhD
Current position: Research associate, Reaction Biology Corporation


Jing Ju

Jing Ju

BS, Nanjing University, China
Thesis Title: Role of ACSS2-Ser267 phosphorylation in glioblastoma cells
Thesis lab: Mauricio J. Reginato, PhD
Current position: PhD candidate, Molecular & Cellular Biology Program, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia


Yesim Mercan

Yesim Mercan

BS, Bo─čazici University, Turkey
Non-thesis master's


Jacob Parfianowicz

Jacob Parfianowicz

BS, Wilkes University
Thesis title: Role of Copper Transporter 1 in Glioblastoma Progression
Thesis lab: Todd Strochlic, VMD, PhD
Current position: Research technician, Laboratory of Dr. Diane Merry Thomas Jefferson University


Danyelle Paine

Danyelle Paine

BS, McNeese State University
Non-thesis master's
Current position: PhD candidate, Clinical Translational Sciences Program, University of Arizona


Alumni: Class of 2018

Mohamed Abdelbaset

Mohamed Abdelbaset

BS, Beni Suef University, Egypt
Thesis title: Developing a neuroinvasive murine model of Epstein-Barr virus-associated primary central nervous system lymphoma
Thesis lab: Paul Lieberman, PhD


Waleed Iqbal

Waleed Iqbal

BS, State University of New York at New Paltz
Thesis title: Utilizing large genomic datasets to evaluate novel, rare variants in Ribonucleoside-diphosphate reductase subunit M2 B
Thesis lab: Erica Golemis, PhD
Current position: PhD candidate, Biomedical Science and Bioinformatics Program, Drexel University


Rusia Lee

Rusia Lee

BS, Wesleyan University
Thesis title: Targeting cyclin-dependent kinase 5 using cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors in glioblastoma
Thesis lab: Mauricio J. Reginato, PhD
Current position: PhD candidate, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Program, The City University of New York


Carlie Mendoza

Carlie Mendoza

BS, Cornell University
Thesis title: Purification and characterization of a Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus latency-associated nuclear antigen DNA-binding domain mutant
Thesis lab: Paul Lieberman, PhD
Current position: DO candidate, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine


Kiana Shahidi

Kiana Shahidi

BS, University of Colorado, Boulder
Non-thesis master's
Current position: Executive specialty sales representative, Merck & Co.


Alumni: Class of 2017

Erica Dalla

Erica Dalla

BS, Alma Mater Studiorum University, Italy
Thesis title: Investigating the role of the chemokine receptor CX3CR1 in metastatic inflammatory breast cancer
Thesis lab: Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Current position: PhD candidate, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Kristen Maslar

Kristen Maslar

BS, University of Scranton
Thesis title: Investigating the role of MK2-mediated RecQL phosphorylation in triple negative breast cancer
Thesis lab: Todd Strochlic, VMD, PhD
Current position: Project specialist, Integral Molecular


Dimpi Mukhopadhyay

Dimpi Mukhopadhyay

BS, St. Xavier's College, India
Thesis title: Role of spastin in regulating glioblastoma cell survival
Thesis lab: Mauricio J. Reginato, PhD
Current position: PhD candidate, Cancer Biology Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School


Amber Theriault

Amber Theriault

BS, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Thesis title: Investigating the role of Timeless in acetaldehyde-mediated DNA damage response and repair
Thesis lab: Eishi Noguchi, PhD
Current position: Research scientist, Immuno-Oncology Division, Merck & Co.


Alumni: Class of 2016

Safoora Deihimi

Safoora Deihimi

BS, Alzahra University, Iran
Thesis title: Mutation profiling in colorectal cancer patients with microsatellite instability: High frequency of BRCA2 and EGFR somatic mutations
Thesis lab: Wakik El-Deiry, MD, PhD
Current position: Genetic variant analyst, Penn Center for Personalized Diagnostics, University of Pennsylvania


Yayi Feng

Yayi Feng

BS, Shenzhen University, China
Thesis title: Targeting Aurora A kinase and p21-activated kinase 1 in Hormone Receptor-positive Breast Cancer
Thesis lab: Erica Golemis, PhD
Current position: Commercial senior specialist, BGI Genomics


Samuel Flashner

Samuel Flashner

BS, Providence College
Thesis title: Sp1 nontranscriptionally regulates centrosome number
Thesis lab: Jane Azizkhan-Clifford, PhD
Current position: PhD candidate, MCBG Program, Drexel University College of Medicine


Kritika Hanamshet

Kritika Hanamshet

BS, Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil University, India
Thesis title: Role of RAD52 in homologous recombination
Thesis lab: Alexander Mazin, PhD
Current position: PhD candidate, MCBG Program, Drexel University College of Medicine


Meghan Kopp

Meghan Kopp

BS, Moravian College
Thesis title: Involvement of NEDD9 and HSP90 in signaling and therapeutic response in cancer and ADPKD
Thesis lab: Erica Golemis, PhD
Current position: Research specialist, University of Pennsylvania


Tong Lu

Tong Lu

BS, University of Maryland
Thesis title: Understanding O-GlcNAc transferase regulation of SIRT1 in breast cancer cells
Thesis lab: Mauricio Reginato, PhD
Current position: PhD candidate, Biomedical Sciences Program, Penn State University, Hershey


Dustin Rollins

Dustin Rollins

BS, California State University
Thesis title: Netrin-G1 in desmoplastic fibroblasts enhances interactions with pancreatic cancer cells
Thesis lab: Edna Cukierman, PhD
Current position: Research associate, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

 

A Cancer Biology program graduate student working in the lab at Drexel University College of Medicine.